Dry, cold weather is the hallmark of the winter season. Your skin begins to work hard at retaining its moisture while cold winds and indoor heating undermine your efforts to maintain what’s left of your skin’s summer suppleness. Proper planning will enable you to fight back against the drying effects of the winter months and keep your skin moisturized year-round:
5 Easy Tips to Winterize Your Skin
1. Take Tepid Showers. Although taking hot showers in the winter time makes you feel warm, this is one of the main reasons your skin becomes dry. Taking lukewarm showers and using a good moisturizer afterwards will help your skin stay soft and smooth.
2. Choosing Quality Products. Ask your spa expert which products work best at keeping your skin moisturized. They may recommend using oil-based moisturizers that contain avocado oil or almond oil as these types of moisturizers help retain moisture longer than regular creams or lotions. Keep in mind that you’ll need to moisturize your skin more often during the winter.
3. Facial Skin Care. Use foaming cleansers, milks and hydrating masks in the cold winter months and refrain from using alcohol-based toners since they draw moisture away from your skin. Consult with your esthetician as to which types of facials are best for hydrating and moisturizing your skin. Schedule facials regularly, at least once a month – your face will thank you!
4. Don’t forget your Hands and Feet. You may notice that your hands and feet are drier than usual in colder weather. In between trips to the spa for hydrating manicures and pedicures, you should always wear protective gloves when you’re outside. Remember to regularly exfoliate, buff and moisturize your feet.
5. Sun Protection. Don’t stop your sunscreen routine. Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean the risk of sun damage has gone away. Protect yourself with an SPF 30 sunscreen and wear sunglasses often.
Following these tips will help your skin stay soft and supple this holiday season. Reserve a consultation with The Apothecary Spa and let us advise you on more ways you can moisturize and nurture your skin during the cold winter months!